Salary and Benefits
Recruits entering the Police Academy begin earning benefits within 30 days of hire.
Police Recruit Salary
|Recruit||$28.21||$4,908||N/A - Salary during Academy|
Entry Level Salary
Once you become a sworn police officer, the salary schedule is as follows:
Sworn Police Salary Scale
Pay for Lateral Officers range between STEP 3 and 5, depending on experience. Overtime and compensatory time is paid at time and 1/2, with a 3-hour minimum for court and off-duty call outs.
Lateral Police Salary Scale
(24-41 Mos Experience)
(42-53 Mos Experience)
(54+ Mos Experience)
Uniforms and Equipment
Uniform Allowance: Yearly uniform allowance of $550.
Equipment issued by SPD: Glock 9 mm, or .40 caliber duty weapon and take home portable police radio. Laterals have options for .45 caliber.
Vacation and Leave
As part of the largest city in the Northwest, the City of Seattle offers generous leave and family coverage. Benefits begin the first day of Academy Training:
- 10 Paid Holidays plus
16 hours Personal Holiday
- 12 Days paid Vacation
- 12 Days paid Sick Leave
(can be used for spouse/domestic partner, child or parent)
- Enrollment in Washington State LEOFF2 Retirement
- Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional)
(City Matches up to $3,173.52 a year)
- Benefits start within 30 days of being hired.
- No extra cost for Dependants Coverage and Domestic Partner Coverage is available.
Retirement: LEOFF2 RETIREMENT
Dental: DELTA DENTAL | DENKOR
Relief Association: SPRA